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Petitioning EPA Docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0207

Tell the EPA to protect kids from dangerous pesticides in pet flea products

Although we have safer options for controlling fleas on our pets, the EPA still allows dangerous pesticides to be used in flea collars and other products. Tell the EPA to prohibit the use of these toxic chemicals in pet products.

Letter to
EPA Docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0207
I urge you to cancel the pet uses of the pesticides tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur. Chemical residues from these products left on pet fur can damage the human brain and nervous system and cause cancer. Children are particularly at risk from these pesticides because their neurological and metabolic systems are still developing. They are also more likely than adults to put their hands in their mouths after petting an animal, and so are more likely to ingest the hazardous residues.

New testing by the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that the EPA's decision to leave these products on the market may create a significant health risk to pet owners, most notably young children. I am therefore extremely disturbed to learn that the EPA still permits the use of these products on pets. The availability of many safer alternatives for flea and tick control renders the continued use of these pesticides in pet products an unnecessary risk. The EPA must reconsider the safety of these products and remove them from the market.

I urge you to protect the health of our children as well as our pets by immediately ordering the removal of products containing tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur from the market.